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  • Manager, Supplier Quality

    Location US-AR-Camden | US-AL-Huntsville
    Job ID
    Quality & Mission Assurance - Quality Engineering
  • Overview

    Aerojet Rocketdyne is an innovative company delivering solutions that create value for its customers in the aerospace and defense markets. The company is a world-recognized aerospace and defense leader that provides propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense and strategic systems, tactical systems and armaments areas, in support of domestic and international markets. Additional information about Aerojet Rocketdyne can be obtained by visiting our websites at and


    Aerojet Rocketdyne seeks a Manager of Supplier Quality for its Camden, Arkansas or Huntsville, Alabama location. Supplier Quality Assurance is a vital function contributing to the overall Product Value Proposition for the Aerojet Rocketdyne Enterprise. This function works seamlessly with Supply Chain and Material Management and the Programs to achieve the delivery of quality products on time and at cost. The manager of Supplier Quality will lead the Supplier Quality Assurance organization for the Eastern US region and support the defense related programs.


    This current opening may be filled at this level as posted or at one level higher.

    Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

    Responsibilities include the leadership of the Supplier Quality Engineers at Camden, Arkansas, Orange, Virginia and West Palm Beach, Florida sites and the regionally based Supplier Quality Engineers who support product shipping to those facilities. The Manager of Supplier Quality will also assist with the development and implementation of enterprise-wide Supplier Quality Assurance best practices, tools and methodology. The position will require an enterprise view and a leader who can influence and lead positive change throughout the business including partnerships with Aerojet Rocketdyne sites, Programs, Supply Chain Management, Engineering and other stakeholders.


    50% - Support Supplier Quality Engineers on programs as required to establish schedules and resolve complex technical or operational problems. Work with Supply Chain and Engineering to identify, select and develop suppliers. Communicate product and quality requirements to the Supplier Quality Engineers in the field. Work with suppliers in problem resolutions including initiation and closure of root cause and corrective actions. Ensure risks are properly documented, managed and mitigated.


    25% - Manage the day-to-day activities of the Supplier Quality Assurance (SQA) group. This may include determining organizational objectives and delegating assignments to direct reports. Interface with Program Management and Supply Chain to establish priorities and assign personnel to meet those requirements. Manage budgets, logistics, and coordinate the continuing education/development of SQA personnel. Responsible for budget/salary planning and strategic/key objectives planning for salary staff.


    25% - Support management by participating in site, program and proposal activities/Work with Supply Chain to develop and lead initiatives to improve supply chain performance. Facilitate continuous improvement activities use tools defined by the business operating system. Develop supplier improvement methodologies and implementation plans.


    Requires a Bachelor's degree in an appropriate discipline and nine (9) years of progressively responsible experience in a directly related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


    Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level (requires U.S. Citizenship). Must be able to satisfy federal government requirements for access to government information. Having dual citizenship may preclude you from being able to meet this requirement.


    Additional Requirements:

    • Progressively responsible technical experience in Supplier Quality, Quality or Supply Chain disciples in the Aerospace or related field.
    • Strong leadership, problem solving and written/verbal communication skills.
    • Highly motivated team player with the ability to motivate others and inspire change.
    • Ability to mentor and coach individuals.
    • Ability travel up to 30% of the time.

    Desirable Qualifications:

    • Advanced degree in a related field.
    • CQE, CME or CSSBB.
    • Experience leading a Supplier Quality team in a multi-site manufacturing environment with a track record of delivering quality performance improvements in the supply chain.


    Work Environment and Physical Requirements:

    Employees in these positions must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; stamina to sit or stand and maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 25 pounds; may require occasional walking, climbing, stooping, crouching, and/or bending; and vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. May require the ability to travel by air or auto. May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and shop coat. These positions may be expected to work varyi g shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.


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